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Ian Desmond unsuccessfully breaks up a double play in the fourth inning.
Hitting lowlight: How bad has it gotten for Ryan Zimmerman? Really bad. With an 0-for-4 showing today, the Face of the Franchise is now hitting a paltry .229 for the season. Worse, Zimmerman didn't put together one quality at-bat in this game. He saw a total of seven pitches in four at-bats and swung at five of them. The only two pitches he took were called strikes. Is Zim's shoulder still hurting him? He insists it's not, and insists the injury never affected his swing in the first place. Whatever the reason, he's become a major hole in the heart of the Nationals' lineup.
Pitching highlight: Jackson wasn't at his best today -- he was surprisingly inefficient for one of the few times he's taken the mound this year -- but he put forth a gutty effort to get through six innings and hold the Yankees to two runs. Jackson came up with big pitches when he needed to, getting eight outs with runners in scoring position without giving up a hit. It won't register as much of anything on the stats page, but Jackson did about as well as you could hope for in this game. He certainly gave the Nationals a chance to win.
Key stat: The Nationals are 0-6 against the Dodgers and Yankees this season. They're 38-20 against everyone else.
Up next: They'll have Monday off to stew over this rough weekend series, then the Nationals return Tuesday night to face another tough AL East opponent in the Rays. Chien-Ming Wang faces David Price in the opener at Nationals Park.